Andrew Welsh-Huggins, a reporter and editor at the Associated Press in Columbus, is the author of five Andy Hayes mysteries featuring an ex-Ohio State and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned private eye. He grew up in Lima, New York, and attended Kenyon College in Gambier where he majored in Classics. After college he studied Gaelic in Ireland and volunteered on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, then worked as a freelance writer in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a newspaper reporter in Bloomington, Indiana, and Youngstown, Ohio, before moving to Columbus in 1998 to join the Associated Press as a legal affairs reporter. He’s also the author of two nonfiction books, No Winners Here Tonight, a history of Ohio’s death penalty, and Hatred at Home, about one of the country’s first domestic terrorism cases.
A mystery author, Andrew offers a micro-mystery writing workshop where he gives Five Tips for Getting Started on Your First Crime Fiction Novel, discusses how he created his character, and answers any and all questions. Audience: Adult.
COLUMBUS NOIR (2020)
An anthology of 14 mystery stories, each set in a different central Ohio neighborhood, part of Akashic Books’ long-running “noir” series.
Columbus Noir features brand-new stories by: Lee Martin, Robin Yocum, Kristen Lepionka, Craig McDonald, Chris Bournea, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Tom Barlow, Mercedes King, Daniel Best, Laura Bickle, Yolonda Tonette Sanders, Julia Keller, Khalid Moalim, and Nancy Zafris.
“Femmes fatales, shady clubs and antiheroes: all the elements are here in Columbus Noir, a satisfying collection of 14 stories by some of Ohio’s best authors, in a series of more than a hundred books in an award-winning series that includes locales like Baghdad Noir and Wall Street Noir.”
–Akron Beacon Journal
“Like the rest of the state of Ohio, Columbus has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, and the stories included in Akashic’s ode to the city are as full of misery as the city currently is in real life. Moments of humanity shine through in many of the tales in this collection, and epic takes on pride and greed make many of the stories in this collection go beyond small miseries into the realm of Shakespearian tragedy. Urgent, beautiful, and not to be missed.”
THE THIRD BROTHER (2018)
It’s a violent encounter that private investigator Andy Hayes could have done without. One minute he’s finishing up some grocery shopping ahead of a custody visit with his sons. The next, he must come to the rescue of a Somali-American mother and her young children as anti-immigrant bullies torment them.
Grateful for his intervention, the Somali community hires Andy to find a missing teenager who vanished without a trace and is now accused of plotting a terror attack in his adopted hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The government is certain that nineteen-year-old Abdi Mohamed followed in the footsteps of his brother, who died in Syria a few months earlier in a jihadi assault. But Mohamed’s family isn’t convinced, describing a soccer-loving American kid who renounced his brother’s actions and planned to attend college in the fall and become a diplomat someday.
Soon Andy is fending off fed-up FBI agents and dueling with a mysterious foe with links to the white supremacist movement. As he draws ever closer to the truth behind Mohamed’s disappearance, Hayes stumbles onto a conspiracy that could put hundreds of lives in danger, including his own two boys.
THE HUNT (2017)
As a serial killer stalks prostitutes in Columbus, Ohio, a distraught brother asks private investigator Andy Hayes to find his sister before it’s too late. In a deadly race against time, Hayes soon learns he’s not the only person hunting Jessica Byrnes, but he may be the only one who wants her alive.
Byrnes hasn’t been seen in weeks following a downward slide that started as a runaway teenager and may have ended permanently on the streets. Assisting Hayes is Theresa Sullivan, once a prostitute herself, now an outreach worker at St. Andrew’s, the mission church run by Hayes’ pal the Rev. Roy Roberts, an Episcopal priest less than keen on Theresa reliving the memories that nearly killed her. A local congresswoman making headlines with her work against human trafficking puts pressure on Hayes to solve the case, while the police don’t want him near their exhaustive search for the murderer. Hayes’ low tolerance for bad behavior is tested as his hunt for Jessica exposes the buying and selling of trafficked women across the region.